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Source: SearchSecurity - Posted by Pax Dickinson   
Security Whether you're considering a multifunction appliance, a broad suite of software or a combination of both to secure your Windows infrastructure, security consultants say there is one key principal to keep in mind: Don't rely on a single vendor for everything.

The issue comes to the fore as more market-leading vendors introduce devices that offer a simple way to ward off all types of security breaches with a single device.

Networking powerhouse Cisco Systems Inc., San Jose, Calif., has become the latest to deliver a multifunction security appliance, which is loaded with a firewall, gateway antivirus, spyware and adware protection, intrusion protection features and other threat-defense services. The ASA 5500 sits at the network's edge, blocking unwanted incoming traffic. It can also be used inside a corporate network by IT managers who want to block access to certain data center assets.

Cisco, whose executives said at the recent Interop 2005 conference that the technology will eventually be included in the company's line of Catalyst switches, is not the first to bundle different capabilities together. Companies such as Fortinet Inc., Internet Security Systems Inc. and Symantec Corp., have also done it.

With threat levels and regulatory diligence increasing, administrators responsible for Windows-based systems are starting to favor security products that guard the perimeter, the desktop and the data center. But with a such a wide array of choices, selecting one can be a daunting task.

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